Guerrero still holding out
The Rangers covet Vladimir Guerrero. We know that.
Word is they’ve offered a one-year contract to Guerrero to be their designated hitter. That has been confirmed but there are conflicting reports as to the amount. The Rangers have about $5-7 million to spend on the free agent market. Word is he’s not ready to accept the offer, regardless of the amount.
One source said Guerrero wasn’t particularly happy with the Rangers offer. But he also hasn’t received a better offer from anybody else.
At least not yet.
So let’s say a club would only be interested in Guerrero as their designated hitter. To state the 36-year-old obvious, that would be an American League team.
So where do clubs stand at designated hitter?
Angels – They have signed Hideki Matsui to be their DH and still have an outfield of Juan Rivera, Torii Hunter and Bobby Abreu. Doesn’t look like Guerrero is headed back to Anaheim.
Athletics – They are apparently going to re-sign Jack Cust as their DH and have no interest in Guerrero.
Mariners – They already have a Hall of Famer at DH in Ken Griffey Jr. Remember they also traded for Milton Bradley. He is supposed to play left field but he’ll likely play some DH. But it would seem unlikely that the Mariners would pay Guerrero more than $7 million to be a platoon DH.
Indians – They have Travis Hafner. He could play first base but the Indians have Matt LaPorta there. He was the top prospect acquired from the Brewers for C.C. Sabathia. The Indians could use another bat in left field though.
Royals – Right now they are listing Josh Field, who was just acquired from the White Sox, and Billy Butler. They could use Guerrero but they have the same strict financial parameters as the Rangers.
Tigers – They could definitely use another bat.
Twins – They have Jason Kubel. They should be set.
White Sox – Apparently they are satisfied with Andruw Jones and Mark Kotsay.
Blue Jays – They could use a designated hitter of Guerrero’s caliber.
Orioles – Right now they have Luke Scott. They could do better.
Rays – Pat Burrell. No Vlad here.
Red Sox – David Ortiz. Enough said.
Yankees – Right now it’s Jorge Posada and they passed on both Matsui and – apparently – Johnny Damon.